Scholarship Awards!

The IWC is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 scholarships:

Tatiana Cambio, the niece of Todd Cambio, wants to become an orthodontist and plans to attend North Carolina State University. That said, her high school passion has been theater, not biology. Due to budget cuts, half of West High School’s theater classes
were eliminated; so she started a campaign to get them reinstated. With the help of her cousin, director/actor Mark Ruffalo, they started a Twitter feed that went national; organized a rally; and created a short film of student interviews about what theater meant to them. Her efforts were successful and the budget was adjusted. Tatiana is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Math Team, and is a peer tutor. She knit 100 hats for the Ronald McDonald House, and interned at a dental clinic.

Elena Gratton, daughter of Claudio Gratton, could speak Italian with her family when she was a child; at 12, she lived in the Italian village where her father grew up. While fluent, she is finishing her third semester of Italian at UW to improve. She attends West High and hopes to study conservation biology at college. Elena has participated in forensics, jazz, theater, cross country, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, Latin club, photography, and the Wisconsin Junior Classical League. Elena has taken Latin for four years. She was a volunteer lab assistant in a wildlife ecology lab at UW, and a “Rooftop Ranger” at the Children’s Museum.

Lindsey Loniello, daughter of Steve Loniello and great great niece of Nate Troia, has a family rooted in the Bush. Her relatives helped build Paison’s and Portabella. She plans
to go to UW Oshkosh and major in athletic training, eventually earning a master’s. She has been on the honor roll all along and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has been active in fine arts, softball, volleyball, show choir, and Spanish Club. She has volunteered at several places in the community. Lindsey is a crew trainer
at McDonald’s, where she has worked for three years. She is the captain of
her softball team, volleyball team, and dance group.

Baelee Shell’s great, great, great, grandfather, Anthony Stassi, was a charter member of IWC and lived in the Bush. She is the granddaughter of Michael Stassi, a long-tenured member of IWC. At Cedarburg High School, she has participated in swim
team for four years, and softball. Baelee plans to attend UW Whitewater in radiation therapy and then get a master’s in medical dosimetry, so she can design treatment plans for cancer patients. She has taken Advanced Placement classes and coached swimmers.
She has also volunteered at Vacation Bible School, Safety Town, youth swimming, and a senior care facility.

Dominic Urso has family ties to IWC: Tiny Urso is his grandfather. After graduating from Monona Grove High School, he plans to attend UW Whitewater. He doesn’t know what
he’ll pursue – likely business – but he will play rugby there. His football coach is proud of Dominic’s athletic ability not only in football, but in rugby and track and field. Dominic
is president and co-founder of the Monona Grove Young Republicans. He has volunteered for three political campaigns. He is still active in DECA, a marketing club. He was even in
show choir. He volunteers regularly at his church and has been on missions.

Applying for Scholarships

The Italian Workmen’s Club of Madison, Wisconsin will again present $5000 in scholarships to seniors who are graduating from a Dane County high school in 2016. Seniors intending to go to a four year program of higher education are eligible for awards as high as $2000. Seniors who intend to pursue a two year degree in a technical or vocational program are eligible for awards as high as $1000. Deadline for submission is April 15th 2016.


To be eligible for the Scholarships offered and administered by the Italian Workmen’s Club, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a senior in a Dane County high school or the immediate family member (son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter) of an IWC or IAWC member.
  • Intend to go on to higher education (higher education is considered enrolling in a course of at least two-year duration at a college, university or technical school which has as its objective the securing of a degree in advance of a high school diploma).
  • Intend to enroll as a full-time student at an institution of higher education
  • Must be of Italian descent. (Defined as having one parent, grandparent or great-grandparent of Italian ancestry OR having an Italian surname.)

Basis of Award

The Italian Workmen’s Club Scholarship will be awarded to a student based upon the following criteria:

  • Scholastic ability (i.e. grades and class rank).
  • Need of the student for financial aid.
  • Contributions of the applicant to the school and/or community.
  • Two (2) letters of personal reference from school and/or community leaders.
  • Bonus Points for Association of the applicant’s parents or other relatives with Italian Workmen’s Club and/or the Italian American Women’s Club.

Award Procedures

  • Applications shall be submitted to the Italian Workmen’s Club Scholarship Committee on or before April 15th of the applicant’s senior year.
  • The Italian Workmen’s Club Scholarship Committee will review applications. The Committee will determine winners on or before May 1st of that year.
  • Determination of the winners will be at the sole discretion of the Italian Workmen’s Club Scholarship Committee. A member of the Committee who has a relative applying for this scholarship shall not participate in determination of the merits of that relative’s application.
  • The winners of the scholarship shall be announced on or about June 1st of each year.